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October 2, 2013

RCR Crew Member Profile: 10 Questions with Warren Brosel

Here's your chance to get to know a little more about No. 29 Sprint Cup Series team member Warren Brosel.

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Q: At what point in life did you know you wanted to be part of a race team and work on race cars?
A:
“I got a slot-car track when I was a kid back in 1971. The track came with a Richard Petty STP car, I told my dad then that I wanted to work on race cars when I got older. Growing up I was always a fan of racing, but one day I was helping my best friend and his dad work on their Camaro, when his dad asked if we wanted to go to the track. I was completely hooked after that night.”

Q: You mentioned wanting to go racing since you were a kid. Who helped get your career started in racing?
A:
“My buddy’s dad worked on a late model team with driver Jim Sauter and asked if I wanted to go to the track to help out one night. It was 1986 and I was 19 years old. We won the first race I was at and I was sold from that moment.”

Q: You were fairly young when you started working with your first race team. Have you always worked in the racing industry?
A:
“I actually got out of racing for about eight years and worked as a welder in the Milwaukee area.”

Q: When did you return to the racing industry, and how did you get back into it after taking such a long break?
A:
“In 1996, I got a call from a friend of mine who had already moved down to North Carolina asking if I wanted a job building pit equipment. I had the welding experience and was able to put it to good use when I moved down south.”

Q: What was the first National Series race team you worked with?
A:
“I was offered a job with Penske Racing back in 1997. I was interviewing with two different teams at the time and decided to go work for the one that paid me an extra $25 per week.”

Q: What led you to your position at Richard Childress Racing?
A:
“I worked at Penske Racing for a year and a half and then accepted a job at Dale Earnhardt Inc., where I worked for nine years before coming to Richard Childress Racing. Since I’ve been at RCR, I’ve worked in R&D, aero and was also a body hanger for a period of time. I decided I wanted to be back working with the team and joined the No. 29 road crew at the beginning of the 2013 season.” 

Q: If you weren’t working on a race team, what do you think you’d be doing?
A:
“I think I’d still be working on cars. I’ve always enjoyed that and it’s a lot of fun for me.”

Q: You’ve had the chance to work for some very prominent people in the racing industry. Who do you believe was the most influential person in your racing career?
A:
“I’d have to say Jimmy Fennig. He was the crew chief for the ASA team I used to work with. I have a lot of respect for Jimmy. He taught me a lot about work ethic and was just a smart guy.”

Q: You and your wife live in Mooresville, N.C., with your twin boys. What do you think is the neatest thing about having twins?
A:
“They have a built in playmate. They seem to be a lot more self-sufficient and independent of others because they have each other.”

Q: You’re a Wisconsin boy and had the chance to work with Northern and Southern-based race teams. What do you think is the biggest difference between the two?
A:
“The passion for the sport with both is definitely the same, but up North racing is more of a part-time deal.”
 

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